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3-Ingredient Candy Cane Truffles … Made in the Microwave!

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Candy Cane Truffles
If your house is anything like mine, the holidays are insane. Modern-day mommyhood looks less Martha Stewart and more circus clown during a juggling act. With work, school, and kids happening 24/7, I don’t always have time to slow down long enough to look at Pinterest — let alone attempt some of those must-try-them-now treats. As much as I want to be the ultimate neighbor, toting and doting up and down the cul-de-sac with plates of homemade treats, the reality is … I just don’t have time to do Christmas.

That’s only true if I insist on baking everything from scratch. Thanks, but no thanks. The truth is, there are a few totally simple holiday shortcuts that are wicked divine. And one of those is my “top-secret” three-ingredient recipe for Candy Cane Truffles. You can make any kind of truffle with this recipe: chocolate sprinkle dipped, hazelnut topped, or white chocolate slathered.

With this super-simple recipe, you can be walking out the door with a gorgeous plate of homemade holiday goodies in less than an hour … ready to wow the neighbors like the kitchen queen you are.

Here’s how to make them. Prepare yourself. It’s cuhrazy simple!

3-Ingredient Candy Cane Truffles

Quick, simple, and elegant, these truffles can be prepped in the microwave and made in minutes!

Makes: ~ 12 truffles
Ingredients:
1 cup high-quality dark or milk chocolate chips
¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup crushed candy canes
Directions:
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and cream together, cooking in 30-second bursts until the chips melt. Stir until smooth.
2. Place in fridge until the mixture firms, about 15-30 minutes.
3. Scoop tablespoon-sized mounds of the chocolate using a mini ice cream scoop, then roll into balls.
4. Roll balls in crushed candy canes.
5. Store in fridge until ready to eat. Best when eaten within 12 hours.

Additional Topping Ideas: Make different varieties of truffles by rolling yours in unique toppings. Here are a few of my favorites: rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, cacao nibs, chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, or pistachios), mini rainbow chips, and holiday sprinkles.

3-Ingredient Candy Cane Truffles 1 of 6
Making truffles doesn't have to be tricky! Here's a quick and yummy holiday hack you'll love!
Step 1 - Start with High-Quality Chocolate Chips 2 of 6
Grab yourself a bag of quality chocolate chips. I love using Guittard.
Step 2 - Place Chocolate Chips in a Microwave-Safe Bowl 3 of 6
A medium-sized glass bowl is perfect. Just pour the chips right in!
Step 3 - Microwave the Chips with Heavy Cream Until Smooth 4 of 6
Add a little heavy cream to your chocolate chips, then microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring in between. These small, short bursts of cooking will keep the chocolate from overheating and puckering.
Step 4 - Refrigerate, Then Scoop into Balls 5 of 6
After stirring until smooth, place your truffle mixture into the fridge until firm. Then, use a mini ice cream scoop to make even-sized truffle balls.
Step 5 - Roll Truffles into Crushed Candy Canes 6 of 6
... or sprinkles, or crushed nuts! (The truffles are yours to customize.) Store in fridge until ready to eat. It's that quick and easy. Enjoy!
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